Acupuncture has been successfully used for over 2,500 years as a complete system of medicine. It utilizes a different scientific lens as an alternative approach to view the body, physiology, and pathology. Acupuncture treatments embody a holistic approach to healing with individualized treatments aiming to bring harmony to the body, mind, and spirit. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for the disease. The number of treatments varies depending on the severity, duration, and nature of the ailment as well as the general health condition of the patient.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy consisting of burning dried mugwort on particular points on the body. Practitioners use moxa to warm regions and meridian points to stimulate circulation through the points and induce a smoother flow of blood and qi. Benefits include pain management, increases healing times of injuries, treatment of arthritic pain, improvements in headaches, migraines, benefits gynecological issues, menstrual pain, turning breech position of fetus, boosts immunity, protection against cases of flu and colds, improvements from digestive complaints, such as abdominal pain, and diarrhea as well as vitality boosting and longevity promoting benefits.
The Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds perhaps minerals or other natural ingredients are used. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders. Herbal prescriptions can be tailored to the individual to address most any known disease to help you restore your health and well being. Chinese herbal medicine works in tandem with acupuncture by providing the nourishing support for the energetic reprogramming efforts of acupuncture.
The ancient technique of cupping uses suction and negative pressure – provided by the use of Fire and the glass or porcelain cup. Its purpose is to loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system. Cupping is mainly used to relieve back and neck pain but can treat pain anywhere in the body by increasing blood flow. Cupping also helps aid the relief of anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, immunity, and even cellulite.
Gua Sha is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice that involves the scraping of the skin, historically with a spoon or coin and more recently with specialized tools made of stone or bone. It is theorized that GuaSha may help break down scar tissue and reduce inflammation thereby improving movement in the joints and relieving pain in musculoskeletal conditions. Gua Sha can increase collagen, ease migraine pain, get rid of puffy eyes and dark circles, smoothing fine lines and sagging facial muscles, improve blood circulation and promote lymphatic drainage on the face. Gua Sha can benefit the immune system and reduce inflammation. Gua Sha is often used with breastfeeding mothers experiencing breast engorgement. It can relieve painful and swollen breasts making it difficult for babies to latch. Women experiencing Perimenopausal Syndrome have also found that weekly Gua Sha treatments help to alleviate insomnia, irregular periods, anxiety, fatigue, and hot flashes.
Auricular Therapies include Auricular ear seeds and magnets. Auricular acupuncture is a type of acupuncture that involves inserting needles into specific points on the ear. Stimulating these points is thought to promote healing in other areas of the body. This is based on the idea that the ear holds a microsystem for the entire body. It has proven to be an efficient method of treating a wide variety of conditions, from headaches and allergies to addictions and pain disorders. Studies have shown that auricular acupuncture alone can increase calmness, better sleep, and reduce agitation, relief from stress and emotional trauma. Often patients are given magnets or seeds to continue the treatment of acupuncture over a period of a couple of days post acupuncture session.